Soft leeks in a cream cheese sauce
Ham & Leeks in Creamy Cheese Sauce

A childhood family meal my Mum would cook was gammon ham (she calls it boiled bacon) with leeks in cheese sauce and lumpy mash (sorry Mum – you know your mash is ALWAYS lumpy!!), so it’s one of those meals that has been passed on and I continue to cook my version of leeks in creamy cheese sauce for my family.

If I cook a gammon ham joint I always crave those leeks in cheese sauce on the side and so I felt I had to share it with you after sharing my slow cooked gammon ham recipe too.

This is the same cheese sauce recipe that I use for my cauliflower cheese, but instead I use sauteed buttered leeks. You can of course use this recipe with no end of vegetables to create a delicious cheesy side dish.

Ham & Leeks in Creamy Cheese Sauce


Ham & Leeks in Creamy Cheese Sauce

Leeks in Creamy Cheese Sauce

Soft leeks in a cream cheese sauce
3.38 from 8 votes
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: British
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: cheese sauce, leeks
Free or Subscription Recipe: Free Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Jo Paterson


  • 2 large leeks
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 100 grams grated cheddar
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 pinch salt & ground black pepper to taste


  • Wash, top and tail the leeks, then slice into 1.5cm thick slices
  • Place the sliced leeks and butter into a saucepan and heat on medium-high, stirring until the leeks have softened
  • Pour the double cream into the pan with the leeks, stir and increase the heat to bring to a simmer (gently bubbling)
  • Add the mustard powder and grated cheddar then keep stirring until the cheese has melted into the sauce
  • Season with salt & black pepper to taste


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 39g | of which saturates: 24g | Fibre: 1g | of which sugars: 2g